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2008-12-27 15:35:29

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said Saturday his country will suffer its first period of negative economic growth in a decade. Lee blamed the situation on the global financial problem, Yonhap News Agency reported. On an annual basis, Korea may attain some economic growth, but may undergo economic contraction in the first and second quarters, Lee said. Few countries worldwide will attain economic growth between the fourth quarter of 2008 and the first quarter of 2009. The Korean economy...

2008-10-25 15:00:15

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak says Asian and European leaders should help him entice North Korea into demilitarizing through economic cooperation. Addressing the Asia-Europe Meeting Saturday in Beijing where leaders of 40 nations met to discuss the global financial crisis, Lee called for their help in his efforts to link the two Koreas through natural gas pipelines and railways, Yonhap, the South Korean news agency, reported. "North Korea's nuclear weapons are a serious threat to...

2008-09-30 21:00:12

MOSCOW. Sept 30 (Interfax-AVN) - South Korea has yet to decide on the date of the launching its second astronaut to space with Russia's assistance, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak told journalists on Tuesday. "We will continue to contact with Russia on the launch of our second astronaut into space," Lee said, noting that it has yet to be decided when an astronaut will be launched. "We are not discussing this issue today," head of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) Anatoly...

2008-09-30 06:00:30

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [Yonhap headline: "Lee Optimistic About Tripartite Economic Cooperation With Russia, N. Korea"] Moscow, Sept. 30 (Yonhap) - South Korean President Lee Myung-bak [Yi Myo'ng-pak] said Tuesday that his ongoing official visit to Russia has resulted in important diplomatic achievements in terms of energy resources, economics and security diplomacy. Lee said his summit agreements with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to build a...

2008-09-29 09:00:49

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [By Yoo Cheong-mo] Moscow, Sept. 29 (Yonhap) - South Korean President Lee Myung-bak [Yi Myo'ng-pak] and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, agreed at a Kremlin summit Monday to accelerate two-way cooperation in energy, resources and industrial technologies, upgrading their bilateral relations from a comprehensive partnership to a strategic partnership, Lee's aides said. In the first tangible and unprecedented...

2008-09-28 06:00:17

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [Yonhap headline: "(News Focus) Korea-Russia Summit Focuses on Economic Cooperation, Regional Security" by Yoo Cheong-mo] Seoul, Sept. 28 (Yonhap) - Embarking on his first trip to Russia as head of South Korea on Sunday, President Lee Myung-bak [Yi Myo'ng- pak] has three broad goals in mind - the upgrade of bilateral relations, energy and resource diplomacy and a constructive Russian role towards North Korean denuclearization,...

2008-07-13 09:00:06

North Korea says South Korean President Lee Myung-bak's government isn't interested in improving increasingly chilly relations between the neighbors. The shooting death of a South Korean tourist by North Korean troops last week is highlights a widening gulf between the two countries, as Lee demands more information about the incident and Pyongyang has responded by ridiculing his offer of resuming direct dialogue between the hostile neighbors, The New York Times reported Sunday. Lee, a...

2008-07-13 03:00:05

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [Yonhap headline: "N. Korea Rejects Lee's Proposal For Inter- korean Dialogue"] Seoul, July 13 (Yonhap) - North Korea on Sunday dismissed South Korean President Lee Myung-bak [Yi Myo'ng-pak]'s latest proposal for the full resumption of inter-Korean dialogue, calling the offer "rhetorical fraud," according to a North Korean Internet site monitored in Seoul. The Web site "Uriminjokkiri" (by our nation itself), reported that the...

2008-07-11 03:00:02

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [By Yoo Cheong-mo: "Lee Proposes Full Resumption of Inter-Korean Dialogue"] SEOUL, July 11 (Yonhap) - President Lee Myung-bak [Ri Myo'ng- pak] on Friday [ 11 July] proposed that South and North Korea immediately resume dialogue across the board for discussions on the denuclearization of North Korea, implementation of the existing inter-Korean summit agreements and cross-border humanitarian cooperation. In an address to the...

2008-07-08 06:00:03

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap SAPPORO, Japan, July 8 (Yonhap) - South Korean President Lee Myung-bak [Yi Myo'ng-pak] urged North Korea to be more transparent about its nuclear weapons programme and settle the issue of the North's abductions of South Korean and Japanese civilians if it truly wants to join the international community, the Tokyo Shimbun reported Tuesday. In an interview with the Japanese newspaper, held in Seoul on Monday, Lee forecast that...


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